Plunket staff delighted with move
A new $800,000 Plunket centre in Cannons Creek is open for business and the staff are purring about their new surrounds.
The Lockwood- style hub on Warspite Ave brings all the Plunket services together under one roof, including nurses, car seat hire and B4 School checks.
Parent courses and community meetings will also feature.
Everything went to plan after construction began late last year, says the project’s steering committee member Haidee Hemsley.
‘‘Everything is here and people are loving it, it will do exactly what it is built for and that is serve this community from one base.
‘‘It’s easy to get to and there have already been plenty of people just walking in off the street,’’ she says.
The site was blessed by Ngati Toa on February 15.
The 18 staff from across the services now have one place to congregate, establishing a closer bond among the team, Plunket area manager Tina Syme says.
It took 10 years of planning, design and fundraising.
‘‘The staff love it, they have a feeling they belong here.
‘‘Before, they were scattered in different spots and Viv [Morton] and her team had a less-thanideal situation with the car seat building in Mungavin Ave.
‘‘ It just wasn’t suiting their needs and now they have all the room they need.
‘‘Some of them have been Plunket nurses for 20 years and they were in conditions that did not meet the needs of their community.’’
Ms Syme says the building is futureproofed to meet their burgeoning IT needs, and there is scope for expansion.
She says funding providers Mana Community Grants Foundation, Infinity and Tuohy Lockwood have made it happen, along with support from Porirua Pak’n Save.
Extra additions such as a garden shed and playground will be built as more funding becomes available.
Plunket is celebrating the new building with a community open day this Saturday, from noon till 3pm.
Toys, face- painting and a sausage sizzle from national sponsors BNZ will be part of the afternoon.
Happy campers: The Porirua Plunket team in front of their new building.